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THE PROGRESS OF ST. JOSEPH
VER since 1826 when Joseph Robidoux founded St. Joseph, progress
has been the watchword in this city. From the first, St. Joseph has
been an important distributing center for it has served as a supply head
for the entire XYest and Southwest. This fact is due to its situation on the
Missouri river and its proximity to Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Looking into history we find that .loseph Robidoux was sent by the
American Fur Company to set up a trading station and that he CEIINC, in 1826,
to Roy's branch outlet where he erected the best trading point in the section
and people came from far and wide to the stores and mills. The town grew
rapidly and in I84O the'population had increased from 200 to 500. Hemp
farming was the first occupation of this city but when a sawmill was built
south of the city, lumbering began to be important,
The overland migration to California during the gold rush benefited the
town and caused it to progress exceedingly up to the outbreak of the Civil
XVar in 1861. Streets were then paved, bridges built, and other improvements
made which showed that St. ,loseph was destined to become a great city.
A most noticeable change has been in modes of transportation. In the
early days the Pony Express thundered across the plains and stage coaches
conveyed passengers to their destination. The roads were few and unde-
sirable and traveling was difficult. Now. this city is served with paved high-
ways in all directions. Six trunk line railroads operate ninety-six passenger
trains a day in and out of the city. St. Joseph is the eighth largest railroad
mileage center of the country. Two electric interurban railroads and motor
bus service in all directions facilitate traveling and even make it enjoyable.
St. Joseph is also the possessor of one of the finest aviation fields in this part
of the country.
Another internal improvement of a late date is the new S2.000,000 park
and boulevard system that has been laid out. A beautiful civic center con-
taining seven and a half acres is now in the course of construction. Jacques
Greber, world famous architect of Paris, lfrance. is responsible for these plans.
The St. Joseph school system, also, has shown progress. lnstead of being
compelled to come to a small rough school house. students now find an ele-
mentary school within a half mile of practically every home in the city. The
district spends a little over a million dollars a year for the maintenance of its
system. This goes for salaries of more than five hundred employees, upkeep.
fuel, and miscellaneous items. Recognizing the increasing importance of edu-
cation, St. Joseph voted 552,180,000 worth of school bonds, October 5, 1928.
The bonds provide for a junior-senior high school plan which will be put into
use next yea1'. A kindergarten system will be installed and additions and im-
provements will be made in every school of the city. This program will put
the St. Joseph public schools in the front rank.
Ts it to be wondered at that we are proud of our city of Str Joseph?
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